The lights beamed at Alumni Stadium during the Boston College Eagles’ first night game of the season, while a special edition of SportsCenter came to Boston College before the game to bring additional media attention to this giant matchup.
Both the Eagles and the No. 9 Florida State Seminoles were undefeated, with records of 2-0. Both teams were also playing their first ACC opponent of the season.
As over 39,000 people poured into Alumni Stadium, the environment felt electric. In the second annual Red Bandana Game, SuperFans—fueled by a profound hope for their team, the excitement of the game, and perhaps a bit of alcohol—shook Alumni Stadium with their cheers.
As the first quarter began, Florida State wasted no time finding its groove. The team, in its opening drive, made its way up the field. FSU quarterback Everett Golson rushed his way up the field and then finally found Travis Rudolph for a 9-yard touchdown to put the Seminoles up 7-0.
Though it appeared that FSU had gained some serious momentum after that opening touchdown drive, the game remained a defensive battle for the rest of the game, and especially the rest of the half.
Despite a series of close plays—one in which the Eagles came excruciatingly close to sacking Golson for a safety, another in which FSU running back Dalvin Cook appeared to run the ball in for a touchdown but actually stepped out of bounds nearly 30 yards before the end zone, and a shocking play in which FSU kicker Roberto Aguayo missed a 42-yard field goal—the half came to an end with the score still 7-0, FSU.
While both teams clearly hoped to make a statement after halftime, the third quarter remained as indecisive as ever. Possession seesawed between both teams—Boston College ended up having four possessions for a total of 7:48 while FSU ended up having three possessions for 7:48. The score still remained 7-0, FSU.
Unfortunately, the Eagles crumbled and FSU subsequently thrived in the fourth quarter. With 12:30 left in the game, Boston College quarterback Darius Wade handed the ball to sophomore running back Jon Hilliman. Hilliman ran the ball into a cluster of players, had the ball popped out by FSU linebacker Terrance Smith, and had FSU defensive back Jalen Ramsey recover the ball and run it in for a touchdown—all in the blink of an eye.
In a matter of one play, Boston College went leading a drive to tie the game to being in a two-touchdown deficit.
Things went to from bad to worse for the Eagles when FSU defensive tackle Nile Lawrence-Stample came in and sacked Darius Wade on the Eagles’ subsequent possession, in which Wade sustained an awful ankle injury during the play. Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel reported on Saturday morning that Darius Wade will be out for the season with a broken ankle.
After putting quarterback Troy Flutie in, the Eagles were unable to score. The possession eventually turned back over to FSU, and the last seconds of the game expired—the final score 14-0, FSU.
“We were inconsistent on offense,” Addazio said after the game. “I felt like in the second half, we needed to have great field position and get some momentum…we’re not good enough to be that kind of team to go 90 yards.”
Addazio was not reluctant to assess his own team.“Our team is a tough football team—played hard, played physical, played tough,” he said. “The Boston College football team played really, really hard today—and you can grow off of that.”
While Boston College had 195 yards on offense, Florida State had 217, only 22 yards more. “You’ve got to have field position, and we never had it," he said. "And we’ve got to go back and look at why...There’s a small margin in these deals—217-195. They made a few more plays than we made.”
Unfortunately for the Eagles, those plays were enough to determine the outcome of the game. Now 2-1, the Eagles will play Northern Illinois next on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 1:00 p.m.
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